Working at Culture Trip
Walk through the door of a Culture Trip office and your ears will instantly pick up on the diversity of the workforce: you’ve entered a land where no two people share the same accent. (Not even the dogs who meet you at the threshold with the busy, friendly atmosphere.)
Lean in a little closer to the buzz and you’ll hear video producers and photographers brainstorming with marketing whizzes, social media gurus strategising with engineers, and journalists debating with data scientists: people with all kinds of educational and professional experience determined to break new grounds in the tech and media space.
What everyone at Culture Trip does share, however, is a belief: that using technology and creativity to explore and understand differences between people, places and cultures around the world will bring us all closer together.
These are the people who lead the teams that are inspired every day by this belief.
Dr Kris Naudts
CEO & Founder
Born and raised in Belgium, Kris completed his medical and psychiatry training in his home country, with periods of study in South Africa, Israel and the UK, before taking up a post at the prestigious Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, the largest centre of its kind in Europe. An exciting career in academic psychiatry followed, during which he also completed a PhD in neuroscience and assumed the role of medical director at a large private psychiatric hospital in the capital.
In 2011, Kris left the medical profession to pursue his passion for global culture and creativity, and to build a tech company in that largely unexplored space. Culture Trip started as an online bookstore, where users could search for a location and find books and movies by local authors and directors, but once its broader potential became clear, Kris began working relentlessly to ensure that it is realised.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff studied Electrical Engineering in his hometown at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His first foray into the start-up world was as co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Allworx Corp, a pioneer in the development of VoIP equipment. After it was acquired by a major US network carrier, he lead integration of their product and services. Most recently, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer at Stack Overflow. During his tenure the company grew from a few employees into a profitable company of over 300 people with monthly revenue of several million dollars. Now living in London, Jeff enjoys sailing, hiking, biking and beachy destinations all over the world.
Dr Nick Jakobi
Chief Product Officer
Nick started his career in Artificial Intelligence with a PhD in Evolutionary Robotics and several years in AI startups before joining Google as one of their first European Product Managers in 2006. During his 7.5 years at Google, Nick worked on a number of different products including YouTube, Ads, Emerging Markets and Offers.
He then joined State, an ambitious new social network designed to connect people by their opinions rather than who they already knew. Unfortunately, product features alone are not enough to make people leave where their friends are and Nick joined Facebook in 2014 to work on Brand Advertising.
Although great in many ways, Nick yearned for something more interesting, creative and worthwhile and he left Facebook to join Culture Trip in early 2017.
Dr. Andreas Gertsch Grover
Head of Data Science
Andreas is originally from Switzerland and moved to London for his PhD in Biomedical Physics developing an imaging system to classify tumours. He then worked optimising energy systems, a social fashion network, cloud infrastructure, and most recently an on-demand delivery service.
At Culture Trip Andreas digs into the data to unearth insights to further improve the content and to enhance the experience of our awesome users. Besides work he likes to train human neural-networks (playing with his young son Waris).
Roger wrote his first code on an Acorn Atom in 1981. After studying Mathematics at Imperial College he became a C++ programmer. As a founding member of Symbian, he led development of the Nokia 7650: the world's first smartphone. Since then, Roger has worked in leadership positions throughout the tech stack from silicon to cloud hosting. Before joining Culture Trip, he was at Schibsted media where he built a system to replace their legacy codebase serving 250M daily active users. Roger has lived all over the world and outside of work, he enjoys cooking, cycling and running, although the latter two usually take a back seat to long walks with his dog.
Passionate about technology, Inbal graduated from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, with a BSc in Information Systems. Inbal joined Elbit Systems as a Real Time Developer in the avionics field, and in her next roles she worked on Big Data environments, implementing machine learning algorithms on distributed systems.
Most recently, Inbal has been working as the Vice President of Research and Development for C-B4, a startup which provides predictive analytics solutions.
An enthusiastic artist, Inbal hops between painting, sewing, sculpting and many other craft projects. When she isn’t working or enjoying her art, Inbal tries to travel as much of the world as she can and is always thinking of her next adventure.
Ben was born and raised in London. After studying Geography at the University of Oxford, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant. During that time he worked with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups, to venture capital and private equity-backed clients, as well as large multinational public companies. He brings his client experience across sectors as diverse as Technology, Retail and Leisure and Manufacturing.
Ben has travelled extensively in South America, driven the length of Mozambique, and spent 2.5 months living in northern Thailand. In his spare time he loves watching his beloved Arsenal, spending time with friends and family, and playing any and every sport.
Chief Revenue Officer
Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (Dad was a P&G marketer) and moved to NYC. He grew up in the safe and tame suburbs of Connecticut. He attended Brown University where he majored in Semiotics. His first foreign travel took him to China and Hong Kong back in 1979.
Dick Soule has been bringing emerging media products to global markets for over a quarter of a century. Most recently, he was immersed in the VR and AR worlds. As the first head of global sales at YouTube, he played a key role in developing and driving their sponsorship and media programs. Dick has held senior positions at Sony, Samsung, MTV Networks and McGraw Hill's China publications. His global chops were honed during an eight-year posting in Singapore for Business Week and CNN and later with MTV Asia.
There are few countries that Dick has not visited in APAC. He has also traveled in South America and Europe extensively for work and pleasure. Outside of Culture Trip, Dick is attempting to raise four rambunctious children, find time to bike and play soccer (football) and listen to as much jazz as he can.
Director of Visual Content
Twenty years ago while backpacking around the world, Mick’s money ran out. He’s worked in London ever since. He studied Economics at Liverpool University and got a sensible job in insurance before giving it all up to be a TV producer. After seven years at British broadcaster GMTV he moved to the Internet, holding senior positions at interactive agencies, MySpace and MSN. Most recently he was Director of Video & TV at Time Inc. UK, making content for brands like Marie Claire, NME and Trusted Reviews. He also built an in-house TV production team winning commissions from BBC3 and C+I.
Owen joined Culture Trip in early 2018 having worked as a writer and editor for ten years. Previously he was editor of It’s Nice That, and has held editorial roles at the Architects’ Journal, Icon and Blueprint magazine.
Born and raised in South Wales, Owen left the valleys to study architecture at the university of Nottingham, completing both the degree and postgraduate diploma. He has worked in a ski chalet in Chamonix France, as a construction manager in St Vincent and the Grenadines and briefly as an architectural assistant in Swansea and London.
In 2012 he was part of the team that represented Britain at the Venice Architecture Biennale and he has written a book about the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - currently the world’s tallest building. His interests include architecture and design, Rugby (especially the Newport Gwent Dragons) and football.
Director of User Experience & Design
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ryan studied journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following some stints at Canadian digital publishers, Ryan did postgraduate studies in design. After backpacking around Europe, Ryan decided to move to London, taking up a design role at AOL Europe. After several roles and changes in the company, Ryan became Head of Design for AOL – Huffington Post UK. There he worked on the redesign of the AOL network and launch of Huffington Post UK. Ryan then took on the role of Creative Director for the BBC News UX and Design team. There Ryan led a team of designers working on several key, award-winning projects like the redesign of the BBC News App, rebrand and redesign of the youth news service, Newsbeat, as well as leading the UX work for BBC News elections like the EU referendum. In his time off, Ryan enjoys wandering the endlessly interesting streets of London, discovering new restaurants, riverside pubs and stumbling across cultural and design events.
Paul was born in Wales and grew up in Scotland. Having lived in places as far afield as Mexico and Australia, he has been based in London for the past 20 years – a city he lovingly calls home.
As Art Editor at ‘Clash’, he designed and produced over 50 print issues of the award-winning magazine. This, in turn, inspired him to found his own publication, ‘Special Request’: a critically acclaimed and visually rich curation of articles from some of the world’s leading authors, artists and photographers.
As a freelancer, Paul has worked extensively in advertising and brand design for respected agencies such as Wieden + Kennedy, Cheil and Grey London. During this time, he has provided creative solutions for over 50 of the world’s best-known brands, including Nike, Samsung and Nintendo. In 2017, he held the position of Head of Creative at Deliveroo while they rolled out their rebrand and marketed themselves on a global scale.
In his spare time, Paul can be found shopping for hats, hurtling down snowy mountains, road tripping through Europe and playing records to people in bars and clubs.
Chief Marketing Officer
Born in Boston, MA and raised in Connecticut, Mike graduated from Syracuse University and began his marketing career in New York City at various advertising agencies as an Account Planner. Following his early advertising experience, he moved on to marketing and